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Mother-Daughter Weight Loss Buddies

We More Than Family, We're Fitness Buddies, Too!

-- By Jen Mueller, SparkPeople Community Leader
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"It helps having my daughter on SparkPeople, because she understands all that goes into weight loss success the way other people don't," says Deb. She gives Jennie SparkGoodies when she needs a virtual pat on the back.

When asked if she would recommend that women turn to their mothers, sisters or daughters for support like this, Jennie responded, "If you have a healthy and open relationship, I think it is great! SparkPeople allows you to clearly state your goals, and gives you a way to measure progress. If I tell my husband I'm out of my calorie range, he gives me a blank look. But my mom says, 'That's all right! We can do this together!' and she knows exactly what I am talking about."

Andi and Beulah

Andi (AKERUE) started with SparkPeople in October 2007. She started feeling better and encouraged her mom Beulah (BJUMPINGFORJOY) to join her. Andi has lost 60 pounds and Beulah has lost 94 pounds so far! Andi and Beulah swim together, discuss recipes and interact on the Moms and Daughters SparkTeam.

Beulah says she never thought she and her daughter would end up as weight-loss buddies. "I thought I would be in a wheelchair by now. With her encouragement to join SparkPeople and the great support here, I've gotten healthier," says Beulah.

Andi says she's surprised she and her mom have ended up on SparkPeople together. "I am a really private person and prefer to do most things alone. So when I opened myself up to SparkPeople it was a totally out of character move for me. Then when I told my mom about it, it opened a lot more communication about health and weight-loss between us. It really gave us both positive results and we enjoy sharing our experiences with each other. I also have seen a competitive side of my mom that I didn't know was there. It is hysterical! She is one tough cookie," says Andi.

Jessica, Vivian and Lisette



Vivian (BEMORESTUBBORN) and her daughters, Jessica (JYBEDOYA) and Lisette (LISETTE44) have all had amazing success. Vivian joined the site in 2006 and soon after, convinced her daughters to join. Vivian has lost 50 pounds since changing her lifestyle five years ago; Jessica has lost 50 pounds and Lisette has lost 85 pounds using SparkPeople.

Vivian says she's found that being a mother-daughters team gives hope to other members on the site. "I'm frequently asked for advice on how to get family members to join one's weight loss efforts. My answer is always the same: Set a good example by your actions, give your goals your all, and the rest 'may' follow. Some people are not ready to commit to the discipline and to the work that a lifestyle change requires, no matter how much support they have. It has to come from within. On the other hand, sometimes you have to kick someone in the tush to get them to see that they have a problem and offer all the help, support and prodding they need to get started," she says.
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Jen Mueller Jen Mueller
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is a certified personal trainer, certified health coach and advanced health & fitness specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

Member Comments

  • My daughter is grown. She doesn't feel she "needs" anything, but at this point, she is heading in the same direction I was and I;m 100 lbs overweight. I've decided to take action, I'm hoping she'll join me :) - 4/19/2012 12:50:32 AM
  • THREASA69
    i'm a single mom of 2 girls we all 3 need to lose weight im 228 my 20 year old is 198 and my 7 year old is 78 the doc says shes border line of being over weight for her size and im considered obese yep it sounds like old beast sucks they could've picked a better nicer name for over weight lol anyways as you can see we all need support hopefully i can find it here is anyone doing the p90 i started may 31st and man was i sore please anyone little help here thanx desperatley asking for support - 6/13/2010 1:27:29 AM
  • My Mom and my daughter are both members of SparkPeople. My Mom and I have SO much fun on our teams and our challenges. It's a nice way to bring us closer together and allows us to keep up with each other quite well since we no longer live in the same state. My daughter is on SparkTeen since she's under 18, so at this time I can't interact with her, but she is enjoying sparking just as I do :-) - 5/31/2010 12:46:13 AM
  • My daughter is 17 and doesn't need to lose weight, however, she wants to be "gym buddies". We start next week!! - 1/30/2010 5:03:19 PM
  • just asked my mom to join with me, hope she will! - 1/27/2010 9:05:37 PM
  • I invited my mom to join yesterday! Fingers crossed she will do it soon. - 5/9/2009 10:55:28 PM
  • My mother is my buddy, so this is a very inspirational story!! - 5/5/2009 9:30:28 PM
  • I'm proud to say that my daughter inspired me to join SparkPeople after losing about 60 pounds her first year. I've always paid lip service to wanting to eat better and stay in shape, but my eating habits were erratic and my motivation to exercise has decreased in recent years. My daughter was able to lead through her own example. Sharing her experience and encouraging me to take better care of myself eventually took hold. It's so great to know she cares so much about me and takes such great care of herself! - 5/5/2009 9:08:59 PM
  • DTRMNEDME
    This is so sweet of you to do and I love it.
    Thank you so very much for doing this for us and I love reading not only about us but all of the rest of us moms and daughteres that team up.
    - 5/5/2009 7:26:17 PM
  • LOVE this article. My oldest daughter is on Spark and my daughter-in-law and husband just recently joined. I also have two daughters who have decided to join Sparkteens. We are definitely becoming a Spark Family! Two more kids to recruit and we'll be official;o) The support system and having everyone on the same page is such a blessing. - 5/5/2009 2:43:37 PM
  • My dd, Maggie, joined SparkTeens, when I joined Sparks, and she lost 35#. - 5/5/2009 2:09:58 PM
  • It was great to see two members of our Moms & Daughters SparkTeam featured in this article! My daughter and I joined in October 2007 and she has lost 30 pounds and I've lost 70 pounds so far. It was great to have her as my Spark Buddy - who would have thought we'd bond more over discussing healthy foods and exercise! - 5/5/2009 11:53:14 AM
  • This is so inspirational. I am concerned about my daughter's health and weight and her lack of concern about it. I try to inspire and encourage her by making an example of myself.This article gave me the courage to keep trying to 'get through' to her about how important it is to be healthy by eating right and exercising. I only wish SparkPeople had been around years ago to help my mother and youngest sister who battled weight problems all their lives. They could have been Spark Weightloss Buddies too! Thank you for this great article. - 5/5/2009 10:09:45 AM
  • DAWNHOFF
    My daughter and I have started a weight loss / healthy lifestyle change just yesterday. She also got me to join Spark. She is so motivated, it really has helped me to get more motivated. I am so proud of her for wanting to make a lifestyle change at her young age of 19, and not fight with her weight all her life as I have. Thank you my beautiful daughter Jenni! - 5/5/2009 9:52:23 AM
  • Fantastic, ladies!! My mother has lost 33 pounds on her own recently and still going. Although she doesn't use Sparkpeople (doesn't like computers), we chat about food, share recipes, and talk about exercise now. It's great that we can help and support each other as you all do. - 5/5/2009 9:30:03 AM